The Best Hotels in Ames, Iowa

Staybridge Suites Ames offers rooms with a comfortable Scandinavian feel
Staybridge Suites Ames offers rooms with a comfortable Scandinavian feel | Courtesy of Staybridge Suites Ames / Booking.com
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6 December 2021
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Home to Iowa State University, Ames is a college town full of fun. A short drive north of Des Moines, in the heart of Iowa, the city has a great downtown full of unique shops, art galleries and museums. When you’re in town, wander around the beautiful university campus, including the Reiman Gardens, where you can chase butterflies and learn about plants native to Iowa. To help you plan your visit, here are the best hotels in Ames, Iowa.

Courtyard by Marriott Ames, for cocktails close to campus

A contemporary room with clean lines at the Courtyard by Marriott Ames featuring two double beds and a sofa
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If you’re looking to stay close to the Iowa State University (ISU) campus, this hotel is for you. Design savvy travelers will approve of the spacious rooms with a clean, crisp feel. Working on the go? There are plenty of quiet nooks in the lobby where you can set up your laptop. When you’re done, reward yourself with a craft cocktail at the aptly named Bistro.

Hilton Garden Inn Ames, for cozying up by the fire

A crisp guest room with colorful abstract art at the Hilton Garden Inn Ames
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A huge, double-sided fireplace welcomes you into the main lobby at this Hilton Garden Inn, just minutes from the ISU campus. Bold abstract artworks bring a vibrancy to the comfortable guest rooms and suites, each of which comes with a microwave and a mini-fridge. If you don’t have a ready meal on hand, visit the on-site bar and grill for flatbreads and burgers. When the Iowa weather cooperates, the outdoor courtyard is an inviting place to chill.

Radisson Hotel Ames Conference Center at ISU, for bicycling around town

A clean and crisp guest room at the Radisson Hotel Ames Conference Center at ISU with modern wall art
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Jump on a bike after checking into the Radisson; the hotel offers complimentary bicycle rentals – with a helmet and a bike lock included – so that you can explore more of the campus and downtown. Before heading out, enjoy a coffee from the Keurig coffee maker in your room, or grab an Iowan skillet at the on-site restaurant, Bistro 1864. Make a business reservation, and you’ll snag some free drink vouchers as well.

Staybridge Suites Ames, for extended stays

A sleek suite at Staybridge Suites Ames with desk, tv and sofa
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Hop right off Highway 30 or Interstate 35 to reach this pet-friendly, extended-stay hotel. Exclusively offering suites, with a warm, Scandinavian feel, Staybridge gives you plenty of room to spread out. If you’re in town for a while, the on-site laundry facility will come in handy. You can also take advantage of the complimentary daily hot breakfast, along with happy hour every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ames, for self-catered getaways

A spacious living area in a suite at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ames with sofa, art and tv
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Near the Highway 30 and Interstate 35 interchange, TownePlace Suites is highly accessible if you’re driving into Ames. Although there’s no on-site restaurant, hot breakfast is served daily in the lobby, and there are various dinner options within easy reach, such as El Azteca for Mexican or Hickory Park for local barbecue. Don’t fancy heading out? Even the studio rooms come with stovetops and microwaves, so you can always prepare your own meals.

Hampton Inn and Suites Ames, for a vibrant welcome

A soothing two-bed guest room at Hampton Inn and Suites Ames with pattern floor and flatscreen
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A vibrant lobby makes way for more soothing rooms at this Hampton Inn. Right off Highway 30, southeast of downtown, this hotel is another great option if you’re looking to stay a little farther from campus but within a quick drive of the sights. Hot breakfast is served each day, but with no restaurant attached to the hotel, you’ll have to explore the local area at dinner time.

Comfort Inn and Suites Ames Near ISU Campus, for game day

A classic room with one bed at the Comfort Inn and Suites Ames Near ISU Campus featuring desk and flatscreen
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In town for an Iowa State Cyclones football game? Comfort Inn is especially close to Jack Trice Stadium. With Coldwater Golf Links right next door, this hotel is also ideal if you want to get a round in during your stay. A hot breakfast is available each morning – don’t miss out on making your own waffles. If it pains you to leave your dog or cat at home, you can always bring them along to this pet-friendly property.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Ames, for the hearty breakfast

A design-forward guest room at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Ames with desk, modern art and headboard
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If you’re into design, one look at the funky light fixtures at SpringHill Suites is all you’ll need to feel at home. The chic decor gives the hotel a big-city, boutique-like feel – but with a small-town price tag. When you rise and shine, head to the lobby for a hearty hot breakfast of bacon and egg sandwiches, spinach and cheese crustless quiche, and blueberry and chocolate chip scones.

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Ames, for a convenient stopover

A vibrant two-bed guest room at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Ames
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Near the intersection of Highway 30 and Interstate 35, this hotel is easily accessible by car. Although on-site dining options stop at the complimentary continental breakfast buffet, there are plenty of shops and restaurants in the vicinity. Bright teal accent walls bring a pop of color to the guest rooms and suites, which all feature microwaves and mini-fridges so that you can always self-cater.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ames, for hot cinnamon rolls

A colorful suite at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ames with sofa, modern art and desk
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Only a few minutes from the Interstate 35 and Highway 30 interchange, the Holiday Inn Express is a good option for accessing downtown Ames and the ISU campus. When you wake up, let the smell of cinnamon rolls guide you down to the free grab-and-go breakfast bar before enjoying the indoor pool or heading into the city.

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